# Fillable fields vanish from PDF form when include'd in another PDF

I have created, using hyperref, a set of fillable PDF forms. When I open the PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Reader, the forms work as expected (these are simple no-frills forms without any JavaScript - one of those fill-it-in-and-print-it-out varieties).

However, when I try to include these forms in a larger LaTeX document (where these will be present in the Appendices), using (pdfpages):

``````\includepdf[pages={-}]{Form1.pdf}
``````

and pdflatex that larger document, I just get the static text fields in the appendix - the fillable part of the form is gone!

I wish to retain the PDF form as is (which I thought was how pdfpages worked). What are my options (if I am not missing something rather simple)?

Is there an alternative to pdfpages here?

• Unfortunately, I don't think that is how `pdfpages` works. See the last paragraph before section two. I believe it relies on `graphicx`, which suggests to me that it is simply (to use an unfair adverb) inserting an "image" in a clever way. – jon Jul 17 '14 at 3:58
• I think, that `pdfpages` includes the files as `flat`, i.e. without any further PDF feature, just like a graphics file. – user31729 Jul 17 '14 at 8:37
• Any non-pdfpages solution? – user2751530 Jul 17 '14 at 19:44
• @ChristianHupfer : I think you are right. I just made a quick test, and when embedding with pdfpages a pdf with links, they disappear. I was'nt aware of this lack. – Clément Jul 17 '14 at 20:06
• @user2751530 : if this form was generated by LaTeX, why could'nt you include its source code in your larger document? Did you consider the `standalone` package? – Clément Jul 17 '14 at 20:08